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MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
is some indication from the hill that the call to bring vice president joe biden, two has negotiated deals in the past, obviously, with mitch mcconnell, has seemed to move this forward. they're going to continue negotiating, even though there won't be any votes tonight. so let me ask you, what is your sense of what's going to happen here? are we going to avoid going over the fiscal cliff? >> i don't know. i think it's 50-50 as we go into the final hours here now. the fact that negotiations are ongoing is a good sign. i served on what was known as the biden group in the summer of 2011. unfortunately, at the end of the day, as you remember, the republicans walked out of those negotiations. why? for the same time they've abandoned all the negotiations so far, is they didn't want to ask high income individuals to share greater responsibility for reducing the deficit. they wanted to put that burden on the middle class. maybe in the final hours, something will change there. but it's important to understand that's exactly what's happening there. they're using the clock and the final hours a
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
has reached out to joe biden, the vice president, and not incidentally the president of the senate in that capacity. he has had a couple of conversations with him according to republican senators, one, just within the last hour, at least one, when mitch mcconnell left a closed door luncheon of republican senators to speak with joe biden by phone. we understand that joe biden, our crack white house team, put eyes on him going into the white house about 1:45 this afternoon. he was in delaware yesterday. seems unlikely at this point that biden would make the trip up to capitol hill for any face-to-face negotiations. democrats say this is simply a ruse, mitch mcconnell trying to go around harry reid, the democratic leader here and appealing to joe biden, trying to make it look in democratic estimation as if republicans are going the last mile, but, look, we're stuck. we're nowhere at this point. there was a major setback earlier. you mentioned it, the so-called chained cpi. a lot of people tweeted me and said what the heck is that? simply a revised way of adjusting cost of living increase
FOX News
Dec 20, 2012 1:00am PST
biden in charge of pushing it a smart move? we'll have a debate. >> they told us they can't do anything. >> bill: is that right the state department can't do anything? >> over and over, yeah. >> bill: with an american marine veteran unjustly incarcerated in mexico why aren't secretary of state clinton and president obama getting directly involved with the case? we have the very latest. >> tell you how this works? >> do you think i'm a hero? >> on second thought, i would like to kill you. >> bill: scenes from a big new movie involving tom cruise reedited because the massacre in newtown, connecticut. also, dennis miller running wild tonight. caution, you where to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. hi i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. we will get to president obama and gun control in a melt. first, the talking talking points memo why isn't the president trying to secure the release of marine corps patrol john hammar? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. in the middle of the civil war, president abraham lincoln still took tim
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 10:00am PST
joe biden and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell continue negotiations, we just have learned that president obama will speak about the fiscal cliff at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. with all that happening, let's get right to our daily fix. nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, nbc's kristen welker at the white house, and jonathan capehart, washington post editorial writer and my colleague and an msnbc contributor. okay, kelly. the action is on the hill where it's been for the last few days. let's start with you. this is a fast-moving story. give us the latest perimeters of what appears -- i emphasize appears to be the start of a deal. >> well, it has been coming closer together, so we are told. the question is what will the president be saying, and senior advisors here as well as senators i've spoken to say they do not expect that he is making any nounment of a deal, so we'll wait for the white house to determine that for sure. what we've been hearing is that they have moved off the issue of taxes and have been more focused on the nature of spending cuts. with republicans and demo
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
take a look one more time at what is being discussed now. mitch mcconnell and joe biden talked into the wee hours until 12:30 last night and 6:30 this morning. $450,000 as the threshold for couples, $400,000 for individuals over which your taxes would go up about four percentage points. estate tax compromise. this is something democrats want as well because the estate tax is due to zoom up to 55% on estates more than $1 million if they're passed and nobody wants to see that happen. they are trying to work on a compromise. unemployment, insurance benefits. obviously something urgent for millions of people collecting and the long-term unemployed who have been unemployed for quite sometime. delaying that sequester. this is what i'm talking about. they're talking about delaying it perhaps three months. this is the ultimate kicking the can down the road. remember the sequester is what got us to this point to begin with. it was supposed to be trigger, the guiotine hanging over the necks of the members of congress to git them to do something by tonight. we only have about 13 more hours. on
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 10:00pm PST
obama puts joe biden in charge of a task force. >> we know what we have to do. >> this is not a washington commission. >> he supports reinstating a ban on assault weapons. >> weapons of war do not belong on our streets. >> limiting high-capacity magazines. >> the nra is going to be holding a news conference. >> there is going to be an announcement made. >> the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions. >> it is very hard to determine what they mean. >> teachers are not law enforcement. >> we have all the information. >> this is not some washington commission. >> we have all the studies. >> time is of the essence. >> we have to do something, the american people want us to do something. >> it is hard out there, being a boehner. john boehner has gone from refusing to consider any tax rate increase. any tax rate increase at all to refusing to consider any tax rate increase without spending cuts attached to it. to now asking his members to pass a tax rate increase without any spending cuts attached to it. john boehner's plan b, which he wants to bring to a vote tomorrow, is s
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
a call to the vice president asking him to get involved in this in part because joe biden was in the senate for so long and has been able to help bring the two sides together in previous cases where they were down to the wire. we know that call has gone out. harry reid says he has reached out to the president on the phone a couple of times. republicans say there is no single issue that should break this. there is something that democrats are talking about. what we have learned is in an offer presented by republicans last night at 7:00 included within that was a request to make a change to how future increases to the payments of social security would change. not taking any money away presently but over the years to come reducing the amount of increase. that is called chain cpi. for democrats it is a nonstarter. here is majority leader harry reid. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts. at this stage that doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope that we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> so you hear some sense
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
breakdown. tonight it's between senator mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. we're some of the last people in the building. i know -- come on through, guys, if you want. there's one of the crews that -- the worker crews are starting to come into work tonight. we're the last reporting crew. all the members of congress have pretty much gone. the republicans in the house were meeting late tonight to try to talk about what to do, in the end this is what our producer deirdre walsh heard from them. the message is just sit tight, stay tuned and i think what we have to do, don, is find out tomorrow morning, whether there is any progress between senator mcconnell and vice president joe biden. there is definitely hope. there is not a lot of time. >> let me tell you this, lisa. when you see the workers there, and the crew that -- and those are the people who these negotiations are about. every day americans who work these types of jobs, who are every day americans and so there you go. i think that is absolutely tells the story. >> don, i want to -- >> go ahead. >> i want to sneak in o
CBS
Dec 19, 2012 5:30pm PST
, connecticut. he put vice president biden in charge of a government-wide effort, but gave him only until january to recommend new laws and executive orders. mr. obama pointed to assault rifles like the one used in the sandy hook attack to access to mental health care and to what he called a culture of that glorifies violence. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, gun control has never been an obama administration priority. it is now, and the clock is ticking on vice president joe biden's gun violence task force. mr. obama wants to announce new initiatives before his state of the union address in late january. >> there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. >> reporter: after congresswoman gabrielle giffords and 18 othe
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am PST
clarifying moment. one of my favorite moments was during the vice president debate. i felt joe biden was doing the same thing. he was clarifying this is pure ridiculousness. we had to cut this down a little bit. let's watch vp biden during the vp debate. >> transition. but what we also want to do in spite of their opposition. >> oh, god. >> this idea came from the clinton -- >> the answer, please. >> did they -- this is a plan that is bipartisan. >> no massive -- >> it's what we do. we do it for all constituents. >> i love that. >> it's how we all were responding to the whole thing. what? >> joe biden. i was happy there weren't commercials on that. if he had time to stop and go over to paul ryan and pee on his leg to show dominance. let's have the moment to acknowledge the magic amount biden had to get away with that. for the most part, he got away with that. imagine if the president was constantly laughing at his opponent, that would not have gone well. not well at all. >> not only white privilege. think about if joe biden behaved that way toward sarah palin, not only would he have
ABC
Dec 20, 2012 1:40am PST
. >> exactly. >>> in other news, vice president joe biden holds the first in a series of meetings today over new gun control policy. biden is meeting with top law enforcement officials from around the country. the task force led by biden will also look at ways to increase mental health resources and also consider steps to keep society from glamorizing both guns and violence. a tall order. findings expected within a month. >>> and there will be another wave of grief in newtown today, with more victims being remembered at memorials and funerals. yesterday, a long line of firefighters was at the memorial for daniel barden, who dreamed of becoming a new york city firefighter. hundreds of people waited in lines to pay their respects to sandy hook principal dawn hochsprung, who, of course, died, as she protected her students. just this endless line of funerals. just to see the grief there. >> there have been so many. with 26 victims, i assume we still have some more to go. >> oh, yeah. not done just yet. a few more days of this. i heard of something awful. not to change the mood too much. i pulled
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 6:00am PST
massacre from ever happening again. assigning vice president biden to lead a new task force on gun violence. >> but the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. >> biden will work with the cabinet, congress and outside groups to come up with a specific set of policies in time for the state of the union address next month. today, biden meets with law enforcement leaders from around the country. among the possibilities that the president has already floated for the task force, reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. banning high capacity clips or magazines which can hold dozens of bullets and closing the so-called gun show loophole which allows private gun sales without a background check. getting a permanent director confirmed at the alcohol tobacco and firearms, that's the nation's primary gun law enforcer. it's not had a director confirmed in
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
. that's vice president joe biden. mcconnell and biden reportedly spoke several times by phone throughout the night after talks with harry reid came to a halt. welcome back, everyone, to "morning joe." that's the latest. ed rendell and jeffrey sachs all with us along with sam stein and michael steele in washington. joining us also in washington, senior national correspondent for "bloomberg businessweek," joshua green. and joshua, before we go on to what led to this doomsday scenario that we're facing right now, which was all set up by lawmakers in washington, talk to me about what businesses are looking for and wall street is looking for. there will be reaction. there's always this discussion about the need for certainty. at best, we're going to get some sort of small deal that puts everything off, which makes this whole deadline make no sense. are businesses going to respond well to that? >> if we get a deal, yes. i mean, wall street all along has been looking to avert the fiscal cliff. and frankly, i don't think ceos and businesses care a whole lot about where income tax rate
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 8:00am PST
president joe biden, long time advocate of gun control. >> he wants to expand the conversation beyond those specific areas of legislation to look at other ways we can address this problem. >> back in the devastating hamlet of newtown, connecticut, five funerals and four wakes, a combination of nine different services held for sandy hook victims including the funerals for hero teacher vicki soto who died trying to hide her students and principal dawn hochsprung, who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman. a wake will be held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy who lost her life also. new today, we're learning the students of sandy hook will return to school but in a neighboring community of monroe. they start back january 2nd. for the rest of newtown, a new normal settled over the community with other area schools open, with students in their second day back in class. >> whether you wait a day or a month or whatever, you know, there is no -- there is no rule book. >> the nra breaking its silence. the powerful gun lobby will hold a major news conference to announce the actions
MSNBC
Dec 22, 2012 3:00pm PST
the democratic side, senator biden, hillary clinton, senator bennett, senator brown, elizabeth warren, and king. we have governor nicky haley, hark corubio, paul ryan, pence, jeb bush and jim demint. joining >> stewe ask all of you, first all hello. >> hello. >> happy new year. we ask all of you to pick. i threw out my dozen. i asked you to pick two you will keep an extra eye on. we continue do the 2016 conversation now, but we'll do it in a few minutes. >> of my dozen which two jumped out to you. >> i'm a little nerdy, so i picked michael bennett, the colorado senator, because he's the new head of the democratic senatorial campaign committee, so he's tasked with trying to again to keep a democratic senate majority. >> he wants to be senate majority leader some day. >> they asked him two years ago. he said no he said yes this time. >> you also put mike pence up there. why mike pence? >> he spent time in congress, now the governor of indiana a guy who we underrate in terms of his influence. we've seen in places like ohio, florida, wisconsin, how governors can have influence on the conv
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
yesterday. minority leader mitch mcconnell called vice president biden in an effort to jump-start negotiations and there are reports of significant movement, giving some hope that some house republicans will go along with the deal. >> i do believe there are at least two dozen who would vote for the kind of agreement we're hearing about being put together in the senate. >> the vice president and i have worked together on solutions before and i believe we can again. >> there are some indications on how they're getting a little closer to an agreement. when it comes to income tax hikes "the washington post" reports that democrats counter offer sets the threshold at $450,000 a year for taxes to go up. republicans are looking for $550,000. democrats are no longer insisting on raising the estate tax on the very wealthy. they will now agree apparently to an up or down vote. that was key for republicans. still, both sides remain far apart on extending unemployment benefits and on the sequester. of course that is when the steep automatic spending cuts would slash budgets at the pentagon and
CSPAN
Dec 15, 2012 12:30pm EST
guarantees. e-mails specifically refer to vice president joe biden's involvement in the $1.6 billion grant. it's for the proposed ivan power solar power project in the desert in southern california. an e-mail from bright source energy's subcontractor, bechtel systems and infrastructure, dated december 2, 2009, said that biden met weekly with energy secretary steven chu to discuss the energy department loan guarantees. bernard tune who was biden's chief of staff when he was a senator in the senate was a principal vice president and manager for bechtel. in an e-mail to bright source ceo john woolard dated december 3, 2009, tune wrote, quote: calls are in to biden's staff, and i will be approaching the political affairs office at the white house tomorrow as well. as this prompt could benefit -- project could benefit two democratic senators who are in cycle and whose races already tough next year, barbara boxer of california and majority leader senator reid from nevada. both won re-election in 2010. over a year later, in march 2011, bright source still had no loan. ceo woolard sent an e-
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
-called closers. here is one, here is the other. vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. john boehner not in this, nancy pelosi isn't in this, not even the president. the house reconvenes at 10:00, the senate at 11:00, bright and early. sarcastic. neither of them showing particular signs of progress. >> these two worked together in the senate for 20 years. so you hope -- >> in fairness, the houses are not convening. these guys are not working. i don't care if it doesn't play out in the media. the big stumbling block has been avoided. republicans dropped their demand to reduce social security cost of living increases. >> i was really gratified to hear republicans had taken the demand for social security benefits off the table. truth is, they never should have been on the table to begin with there is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i'm interested in getting a result here. >> they have all been politic
Telemundo
Dec 3, 2012 6:30pm PST
biden envÍo a la casa blanca reducir el dÉficit y la misma vez aumentarÍa todo paso >>> bra den biden brpresentÓ su v . el prlan republicano propone 80 mil millones de dÓlares con una reforma de las leyes tributarias no aumentando los ingresos a los ricoss. >>> habrÍan 600 mil millones de dÓlares en salud, y aumentar la edad en med edad medicare >>> creo que los republicanos estÁn jugando un poco con el presidente y los demÓcratas >>> la casa blanca no demorÓ faven reaccionar, porque no incluir detalles no es balanceada y la clase media dice cargarÍa con todo el peso, obama acudiÓ al twitter para responder a preguntas sobre el abismo fiscal. unas 300 mil personas respondieron por medio de la red social y correo electrÓnicos. >>> el 31 de diciembre es la fecha lÍmite aprobado en el congreso y firmado por el presidente, la falta de un acuerdo podrÍa perjudicar las ventas navideÑas y por ende la economÍa, que aÚn crece a un ritmo muy lento. y es que si los consumidores piensan que le suben el impuesto el aÑo entrante no querrÁn gastar dinero. >>> en repÚblica domi
FOX News
Dec 19, 2012 11:00pm PST
obama launches a new gun violence task force and puts joe biden in charge. what will it mean for your right to bear arms? we'll discuss. plus, the president got a little irritated when jake tapper asked him a tough question. that exchange coming up next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> kimberly: fox news just learned that hillary clinton will in fact be testifying mid-january. the report is she is in fact feeling better and will testify about benghazi. so we are actually going get some information about that. now, president obama holding a news conference today about stemming gun violence in america five days after the shooting at sandy hook. vice president biden will come up with proposals on how to prevent another tragedy by next month. the right to bear arms will be in focus. >> there is a big chunk of space between what the second amendment means and having no rules at all. that space is what joe will work on to try to identify where we can find common ground. >> kimberly: some people, including abc's jake tapper wonder why it took so long for the president to act. >> this is not the firs
FOX
Dec 20, 2012 5:00pm PST
mother are being made in new hampshire. >>> vice president joe biden met with officials to launch a new task force to recommend new gun laws. >> for anything to get done we will need the advocacy of the law enforcement in this country. >> joe biden is over seeing the response to last week's school shooting. president obama will push congress to enact new laws limiting access like those used by the gunman. the connecticut school shooting has social media going off the charts. it led to more discussions about gun policy than other shootings. it says gun policy accounted for 30% of discussions examined on blogs and twitter in the three days following the massacre. >> newton, connecticut's tragedy is bringing bay area teens together. ktvu's dep ruv is live -- debora villalon is live with how the community is reacting. >> reporter: they have gathered here. for a week they have been wanting to do something. they will be lighting candles and share prayers and messages of hope. organizers reached out to neighboring high schools and invited students. many people experienced violence in their own
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm PST
fallen to vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell who said an agreement is very close and said congress should act on the tax portion of the deal. >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. we can do this. we must do this. >> famous last words. i want to go to the capital now. joining us, the dynamic duo, the silver fox and mr. boatshoe. nbc's mike viqueira and luke russert. gentlemen, thanks for being here. our cnbc colleague john harwood is reporting that there will be no vote in the house tonight, and according to his sources, the u.s. will go over the fiscal cliff. what's your reaction to that? have you heard that -- >> we can confirm that. >> i love john harwood, but luke and i have been reporting the same thing, jonathan, so there. >> okay. so we're going over the cliff? >> apparently. that's the bad news. the good news is, the parameters of a deal are definitely there. as you described, jonathan, the sticking point remains this so-called trigger, the sequester. remember, they agreed upon it last summer i
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
, still no deal. republican senate leader mitch mcconnell reached out to vice president joe biden to help reach an agreement. two men who have served as their party's closers, so to speak, on tough deals before. senate majority leader harry reid says he plans to have a plan up for a vote tomorrow morning. although there are serious differences on both sides. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts at this stage, it just doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> republicans pushed back on claims by democrats that the social security benefit measurement, which is known as the chained cpi and basically would reduce the amount of money that senior citizens get under social security, was part of the republican plan. in any case, that is off the table. senator john mccain posted this on twitter, most of us agree the chained cpi is off the table in these negotiations. president obama continued to put public pressure on republicans during his appearance on "meet the press" today. >> i
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 2:00am PST
joe biden gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happ
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 6:30am EST
president join. -- joe biden. even if he runs in 2016 for the presidency. >> named the head of the whole gun thing. >> i'm telling you -- this position. >> we'll have to wait. >> his political style is seen unfortunately for him as too aseckic for broad appeal. maybe you should talk to his wife about running for president. his wife is terrific. >> he may or may not run for president, john. but a lot of people love joe biden. he's an authentic voice and democrats in particular love him. maybe you got a problem -- >> we're talking about his wife as a candidate. >> jill? >> why not? >> because she's shown no political ambition. she teaches at a community college and she has a fine career. >> okay. best political theater of 2012. pat? >> i hate to say it but i think the democratic convention in charlotte. it was a real bell winger of a convention, very entertaining. >> eleanor? >> i second that and i loved clint eastwood interviewing the empty chair. that was classic. >> you really thought he had it all together. >> eleanor now? out of the chair. >> it was -- it was improvisation that you kn
MSNBC
Dec 21, 2012 2:30am PST
already getting to work. vice president joe biden met with cabinet members and law enforcement officials yesterday as he prepares to deliver recommendations to the president no later than january. >> you know better than anyone what is needed out there and what, i think the public has learned about you is you have a much more wholistic view of how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country than you are ever given credit for. >> speaker boehner who has an a-rating from the nra took an open stance when asked about the white house task force. >> we join the president in mourning the victims of the horrible tragedy in connecticut. when the vice president's recommendations come forward, we'll certainly take them into consideration. but at this point, i think our hearts and souls ought to be to think about those victims. >> biden's team will also be looking into cultural issues like violent video games and movies. christopher dodd, the former connecticut senator and current chair of the motion picture association of america, says the film industry is, quote, ready to be
FOX
Dec 19, 2012 9:30am PST
position on renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles that senator joe biden put in place, but you did not do much about it. this is not the first instance of a terrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> here's where i have been. i have been president of the united states dealing with the worst economic crisis since the great depression, and automobile industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. i don't think i've been on vacation. and so, i think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in washington. as i said on sunday, this should be a wake-up call for all of us to say that if we are not getting right the need to keep our children safe, then nothing else matters. and it's my commitment to make sure that we do everything we can to keep our. children our a lot of things are involved in that. making sure they have decent health care and making sure they have a good education, making sure their parents have jobs. those are all relevant as well. those are not just side issues. but there's no doubt this has to be a central issu
ABC
Dec 19, 2012 11:35pm PST
gun control aspects of this tragedy. to head the effort, he appointed vice president biden, an author of the 1994 crime bill which contained a ban on some semiautomatic rifles. the biden team, which will include the four relevant cabinet secretaries, will report to the president by next month, he said. >> this is not some washington commission. this is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: the president also called on congress to take real action now, banning the sale of high capacity ammunition clips, closing the so called gun show loophole that does not require background checks for many private sales, and banning the sale of what the president called military-style assault weapons, which the white house defined as high-powered weapons that can fire hundreds of rounds in minutes. >> if we're going to change things, it's going to take a wave of americans, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and yes, gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. >> reporte
FOX
Dec 20, 2012 12:00pm PST
working the story. we'll have a live report for new just a few minutes. >>> joe biden met with law enforcement leaders this morning in washington, d.c. to launch a new task force aimed at reducing gun violence in the wake of the connecticut school shooting. president obama announced the school force. biden is charged with crafting concrete proposals. biden is due to have a report back to the president in january. >>> attorney general eric holder will be meeting with first responders and law enforcement officials tomorrow in newtown. holder is expected to held there after meeting with the vice president. he's being asked to come up with recommendations on gun laws. >> we have 20 children trying to point us the way. if we don't follow their lead, we've failed them and their deaths are in vein. >> six more funerals are set to be held today for some of the 26 students and teachers killed during the -- during the sandy hook elementary school massacre. >>> a woman is in critical condition this noontime after being hit by a car near oakland's lake merritt b.a.r.t. station. police responde
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 9:00pm PST
names in these behind closed doors talks, we've heard biden, we've heard reid, the name we haven't heard is vice-president joe biden. what's the significance of them bringing him in in the 11th hour discussion? >> i think it's important because he was in delaware this weekend and all of a sudden, suddenly, rushed back to the white house early today and that's significant because when they had things all boxed up a year and a half ago on the debt ceiling and looked like they'd hit a brick wall, it was joe biden reaching out to mitch mcconnell and bridged the divide and magically had a deal and some senior aides who say joe biden might be the key to unsticking this, afternoon biden and mcconnell worked on the debt ceiling, many years in the senate, obviously, together and that's why they have that relationship, there's some in the white house who call the vice-president the mcconnell whisperer, as if he has some sort of magic potion that bring people together. >> stuart? >> can i just ask you, ed, if there's any deal you've heard of that's bandied around here, any deal at all from either s
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2012 12:00am PST
cuts for the wealthy. >> the effort continued today. joe biden had lunch with middle class americans who will see their taxes go up if republicans refuse to extend 19% of the tax cuts before the end of the year. >> folks, this is not hard. this ain't rocket science. it would take 15 minutes from the time the decision is made by the speaker of the house to pass and make permanent the middle class tax cut. the president would probably have me spin up to the hill to bring the bill down for him to sign. it can be done like that. it is not complicated. >> vice president joe biden did not waiver on the white house's position. it's all about the top tax rates. >> every serious economist i have spoken to, left, right, and center, knows you have to do something about revenue and rates. you can't get there from here without affecting people at this table. or fooling around with the mortgage deductions. you can't get there without the rates being affected. >> the white house is not backing down on rates. the president sent his legislative affairs director to meet with the republicans on the hil
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 7:00am PST
vice president biden is speak at the ceremony there. the public will be allowed to pay respects from noon until 8:00 p.m. tonight. the senator's funeral will be held tomorrow at the national cathedral in monday. inouye died monday at the age of 88. he had served in the senate for 49 years and was a here over world war ii. we're all having such a great year in the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even better. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride or just lay in the sun. enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. and don't forget our amazing seafood. so come to the gulf, you'll have a great time. especially in alabama. you mean mississippi. that's florida. say louisiana or there's no dessert. brought to you by bp and all of us who call the gulf home. >>> we have braking news about the political future of newark's mayor cory booker. he will not challenge chris christie. sources tell wnbc he will instead run for lautenberg's senate seat? 2014. he is expected to tweet this news some
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2012 11:00am PST
president joe biden who will head up the task force and told the american people this is not another washington commission and instead a group responsible for looking for real reforms by next month. >> if we are going to change things, it will take a wave of americans. mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. it will take commitment and compromise and most of all it will take courage. like the majority of americans, i believe the second amendment guarantees a right to bear arms. i am betting that the majority, the vast majority of responsible law-abiding gun owners would be the first to say we should be able to keep a law making few from buying a weapon of war. >> joining me now, radio talk show host michael smerconish, national political reporter for real clear politics and professor at the state university of new york and author of the book the politics of gun control. thank you all for joining me. professor, i like to start off with you. senator from west virgi
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 12:00pm PST
. here's the list i through out. biden, clinton, bennet, brown, warren and king. who, of course, is an independent but will caucus with the democrats on the republican side we have haley, rubio, ryan, pence, bush and demint. joining me now our end of the year gaggle for most of the show, contributor and managing editor, chris cillizza and perry bacon. stephanie cutter with president obama and kevin madden for governor romney's campaign. we asked all of you -- first of all, hello. >> hello. >> happy new year and all of you to pick. i threw out a dozen and asked you to pick two. again, not going to do the 2016 conversation now but we will in a few minutes. chris -- >> holding off. >> who are the two that jumped out at you thinking 2013? >> so i'm a little nerdy and focused on, you know, down ballot races and picked michael bennet, the colorado senator, the new head of the democratic senatorial campaign committee and tasked with trying to again keep a democratic senate majority, going to be difficult. you have 20 seats up. ten republican seats up. >> wants to be senate majority leader
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2012 12:00am PST
doesn't seem to be any democrats that could come close to hillary clinton or joe biden when it comes to running for president, but there's plenty of time. we're only three years and 11 months away from election day. let's turn to michael tomasky, correspondent for "the daily beast". it's a lot of fun to talk about it, but it's amazing -- not that she doesn't deserve it. it's a quick endorsement on all fronts globally. how do you compete with that? >> it's awfully tough to compete with that. the speculation, ed, it didn't start this weekend at this event. speculation started before this election even took place. there were already articles in september and october about what hillary clinton would do. we don't know what she's going to do. it will be interesting to find out. but presumably some time around the 2014 midterms, right after those midterms is probably whether perspective candidates will take stock of things, do some polls, size up questions, talk to the people close to them and i think she'll be among those people. she's probably very interested in being president. i don't thin
Current
Dec 20, 2012 3:00am PST
put vice president joe biden in charge. he gave them only one month to come up with a set of recommendations that he would then push through congress. and then he opened up the floor to questions and all the white house press corps wanted to talk about was the fiscal cliff. come on! it just shows how out of it they are. they can't get outside the beltway. they don't know what the american people really care about! all right. we'll get into that and a whole lot more here. but first, before we get to your calls, we'll take time out to get the latest, today current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. good morning, lisa. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. that task force is wasting no time getting to work, as bill mentioned, that's the task force president obama commissioned in the wake of the newtown tragedy. vice president joe biden will hold his first official meeting today. the group will develop proposals aimed at reducing gun violence in the united states and must put together a set of recommendations by january. cabinet members joining biden on the
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
minutes ago, it will come down to those pesky details. vice president joe biden and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell the republican leader have been the key figures in these negotiations after talks stalled over the weekend between mcconnell and senate majority leader harry reid. mcconnell says he and the vice president spoke last night at 12:45, again at 6:30 this morning. mcconnell explained why he reached out to his former senate colleague mr. biden. >> i also placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the negotiations on his side. the vice president and i have worked together on solutions before, and i believe we can again. >> obviously we were watching to see what the senate does at this hour, what is said at this point i'm hearing it sound like 2:00 eastern time may be another critical time, when they may run by their members, the republicans and the democrats, the latest on those talks, and if there is a deal the details of the deal, jon. jon: we just had senate majority leader read making some remarks from the microphone, perhaps i'll get to
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 12:00am PST
for this bill for six long years, senator joe biden. would you stand, senator joe biden. [ applause ] >> the choice of joe biden to lead the current task force on gun violence is no coincidence. the vice president fought against the odds to get democrats and republicans on board for the 1994 crime bill. biden is also a powerful symbol on this issue. his fight to curb gun violence helped him receive an "f" rating from the national rifle association, which i think really makes him qualified for job. the nra calls biden, in fact, the most anti-gun vice president in history. what an honor. by picking biden, the president is sending a very strong message. the task force will not roll over to play indicate the nra. vice president biden will do the job. president obama knows it. he did not speak in generalities today. he laid out a very clear agenda. >> a majority of americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. a majority of americans support banning the sale of high capacity ammunition clips. a majority of americans support laws requiring background checks before
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 1:00am PST
my baby, purchased under the 1994 gun ban. please tell me your views. thank you. >> senator biden, are you going to be able to keep his baby safe? >> i tell you what, if that's his baby, he needs help. [ applause ] i think he just made an admission against self-interest. i don't know that he is mentally qualified to own that gun. i'm being serious. look, this idea, we go around talking about people who own -- i'm the guy that originally wrote the assault weapons ban. look, we should be working with law enforcement right now to make sure that we protect people against people who don't -- are not capable of knowing what to do with a gun. >> time. >> because they're either mentally unbalanced and/or because they have a criminal record. >> time. >> anyway. >> we got one more question. >> i hope he doesn't come looking for me. >> that was july of 2007. joe biden was running for president at the time. you know, that famous quote from the conservative activist grover norquist about how his goal is to shrink government down to the size where he can drown it in a bathtub. that famously is
CNN
Dec 19, 2012 8:00am PST
heart break into policy instead. in about 45 minutes the president will name vice president joe biden to lead a government wide gun law reform initiative. in the meantime, the house minority leader nancy pelosi, and several of her colleagues are pushing right now to outlaw high capacity ammo clips and beef up security in schools. a few things are clear at the outset, a debate long dormant in this country is dormant no more. just like the pain from the massacre of innocents, the gun debate is not going to go away any time soon. dana bash is live on capitol hill. seems things are moving much faster he it white house. what is in the works right now? >> as you said we expect the president to come out and talk to reporters to officially tap joe biden, his vice president, for this role, very interesting role, to lead what is essentially being called an interagency look at what they can do post this horrible tragic shooting. not just with regard to potential new gun control measures but also with regard to mental health and other issues. he will be kind of scouring government agencies and le
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
delivered to him? where's he in all of this? >> reporter: vice president biden is very much the president's proxy in all of this. it's easy to understand why. both the president and vice president served in the senate, but biden served in the senate for decades with all of the players that he now has to engage with. he knows the personalities. he knows the rhythms of the senate and of congress better than president obama, you could argue. it makes sense that he's serving as the president's proxy. this is something the president is engaged with. this is something the white house is very engaged with. he said yesterday he's optimistic that a deal can be struck. i think that's not surprising. that's what you'd expect to come from president obama. but we're also -- we sort of said tonight is the deadline and that's true because a lot of the tax cuts expire at midnight. the sense we're getting from a lot of sources and from members of congress is that perhaps tonight isn't a hard and fast deadline. mitch mcconnell and the vice president are negotiating in earnest to find a deal. but
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 7:00pm PST
reid said we should talk to vice president biden and mitch mcconnell. earlier republicans suggested changing the way inflation is calculated on changes like social security read offered this reaction late in the day. >> i was really grass fied to hear republicans taking command by social security set off the table. this should never have been on the table to begin with. there is still significant difference between the two sides negotiations continue. still time left to reach an agreement. >> meanwhile west virginia democrat joe mansion introduced the calm act trying to soften the blow as the country goes off the fiscal cliff. it would maphase in tax hikes or the years and prioritize spending cuts. he says he's frustrated and tried to do something. >> it was crossing the wires it's more than frustration it sounds like desperation at this point as they are losing hope. the chained cpi the social security adjustment you were talking about basically changes the way they configure the cost of living and would make those benefits smaller checks. does it sound like republicans are willing
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